WWRC's Vocational Training Department collaborates with its parent agency and primary referral source, DARS/DRS to ensure a smooth transition of the training graduate to the home community and local employment opportunities. Early consideration of the successful transition back to one's home community is a vital part of the Rehabilitation Team process for VR consumers served at WWRC. Effective planning facilitates successful community re-integration with a positive employment outcome. Effective planning requires full engagement of the WWRC Rehabilitation Team, which includes the VR consumer and his/her DRS Rehabilitation Counselor.
Home community transition planning should begin prior to WWRC admissions to "begin with the end in mind" in terms of facilitating the development of a written, transitional Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) between WWRC and DRS while the VR consumer is in residence at WWRC. Home community transition planning should continue throughout the VR consumers' stay at WWRC and should be reiterated during every Rehabilitation Team meeting.
No later than forty-five to sixty (45-60) days prior to anticipated program completion, the WWRC Rehabilitation Counselor is expected to convene a Rehabilitation Team meeting that focuses on final home community transition planning considerations, options, and goals. This specialized Rehabilitation Team meeting should include the DRS Job Placement Counselor and/or Employment Service Organization (ESO) representative, if feasible and appropriate to the types of services the VR consumer will need upon return to the home community, to optimize utilization of their services. With the consumer's permission, family members may be invited to reinforce available natural support systems. Final home community transition planning should consider any strategies and techniques, including 'wrap-around support' services, that were demonstrated to be successful in the WWRC residential environment and that may assist the VR consumer as they transfer back to their home community.
Agency Business Development Managers (BDMs), Job Placement Counselors, and Employment Service Organizations (ESOs) are essential resources that help bridge the gap between WWRC as a training provider and Business/Industry internship and employment opportunities. Rehabilitation Team discharge planning processes consider information obtained from these resources to facilitate appropriate workforce readiness and skill transfer into workplace settings.
Combining disability expertise with a professional understanding and appreciation of workforce business challenges, community-based workforce partners may contribute to quality discharge planning processes in the following ways: